Leadership Effectiveness Tips

Leadership EffectivenessOur mission is to optimize organizational performance by maximizing the effectiveness of leaders and leadership teams. Our philosophy is that the long-term profitability and growth of every organization is inextricably linked to the effectiveness of its leaders. Through The Power of Leadership®, leaders create a values-based environment where people perform to their full potential and maximize their contributions to the organization’s mission and vision. In support of that mission and philosophy, each month we publish Breakaway Performance – Ideas that transform the way you work — with tips to help leaders achieve leadership effectiveness. We hope you will enjoy our articles and find them valuable.

Alyssa Freas, Ph.D.
CEO & President
Executive Coaching Network, Inc.


Leadership Effectiveness: Genuine Listening

Leadership Effectiveness: Genuine Listening

Because upward feedback is such an integral part of our work, it is always painful to hear about catastrophes that leave behind them a trail of unheeded warnings. We see in our work how much […]

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Leadership Effectiveness: A More Democratic Management Style

Leadership Effectiveness: A More Democratic Management Style

By now, you have probably heard that Elon Musk gave his Twitter employees an ultimatum—commit to the “extremely hardcore” corporate culture he was implementing or leave. This was further described as working “long hours at […]

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Leadership Effectiveness: Politics Principles Polemics?

Leadership Effectiveness: Politics Principles Polemics?

Values alignment in an organization leads to higher performance. Alignment is about how employees’ values line up with those of the company. It’s also about how employees view leaders as living and demonstrating the agreed […]

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Leadership Effectiveness: Superhuman?

Leadership Effectiveness: Superhuman?

People in leadership roles are expected to be superhuman. Leaders might conclude that from others’ behavior or comments, or they might be the ones who put that level of pressure on themselves. We believe that […]

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Leadership Effectiveness: Your Best Self=Your Best Leadership

Leadership Effectiveness: Your Best Self=Your Best Leadership

There are many definitions of leadership, yet there is only one way to be a consistently effective leader—and that is to commit to self-improvement as a leader. Being an effective leader requires immense intention. There […]

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Leadership Effectiveness: Leadership and Team Lessons from The Tour De France 2022

Leadership Effectiveness: Leadership and Team Lessons from The Tour De France 2022

The CEO of Executive Coaching Network, Inc. and many of her colleagues are avid cyclists. While the Tour de France is always something special, this year’s event was a goosebumps-making, hair-raising, tearjerker of a race. […]

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Leadership Effectiveness: Women’s Workplace

Leadership Effectiveness: Women’s Workplace

People are polarizing around the recent Supreme Court decision regarding Roe v. Wade. A ripple effect is being felt in all sectors, including the military. The abortion ruling has troops and veterans speaking out, some for […]

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Leadership Effectiveness: Always Have a Door Open for Upward Feedback

Leadership Effectiveness: Always Have a Door Open for Upward Feedback

I read an article many years ago—it might have been in the Wall Street Journal but I’m not sure. What sticks with me is the headline: “Ignorance at the Top.” That is a startling and […]

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Leadership Effectiveness: How to Observe National Mental Health Month

Leadership Effectiveness: How to Observe National Mental Health Month

May is National Mental Health Month. You may be impacted personally, or there may be people in your workplace who are experiencing depression, anxiety, or some other mental health concern. And you would not be […]

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Leadership Effectiveness: Be Human

Leadership Effectiveness: Be Human

Leadership is always important. In times of crisis, the need for high quality leadership is magnified exponentially. Currently, and ongoing for a while, people are experiencing real, palpable anxiety. We are emerging from a pandemic […]

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